Originally posted 11/2010
Yay! I’m employed! After 2 years! Finally! And I got it through NETWORKING!
Here’s what I did.
After the last rejection after a second interview, I decided to reach out to my network. I had nothing to lose. I hadn’t done it before because I didn’t want to bother people. I guess that stems from trying to be self-sufficient. But after 2 years of being unemployed, I needed help.
So I sent an email message (the text is below) describing 3 positions, with 3 resumes attached to all of my Phoenix friends in my email address book. On LinkedIn, I sent it to 50 of my Phoenix contacts with a link to my LinkedIn profile.
I’ve been attending meetings regularly at the Employment Network (now CareerConnectors) at North Phoenix Baptist Church for close to a year. I meet a lot of different people there. A few months ago, I met Ginger Korljan. She got my email through LinkedIn and replied that I should call her that she had a lead for me.
Turned out that lead was her husband, Bob, who’s a financial advisor and had been considering hiring a marketing person. Perfect. He hadn’t advertised the job so I was the only candidate. I sold myself, prepared a marketing plan in a slide show and I got the job. I start Monday.
I can only thank God for this opportunity because everything just seemed to fall into place. I guess a big thanks goes to Ginger too.
So, if you’ve been hesitating reaching out to your network, stop and just do it. I would have never found out about the position otherwise.
Text of the email message. I used BCC to hide email addresses.
Subject: Reaching out to my network
I’m reaching out to my network in hopes that somebody out there knows of a full-time, permanent or long-term temporary position somewhere in the Phoenix Valley for me. Attached are three versions of my resume for the following positions:
Marketing/Communications Manager: creating, planning, implementing, monitoring, managing, analyzing and reporting multi-channel marketing projects including Internet, social media, web site administrating, SEO, special events, broadcast, direct mail, press releases, blogging and email campaigns.
Website Design and E-commerce Specialist – setting up and maintaining websites and e-commerce shopping carts, Internet marketing including SEO, blogging and social media.
Social Media / Social Content Manager, Coordinator or Specialist – managing social networking including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites and SEO.
My portfolio is available at: www.giselleaguiar.com with links to my blogs and samples of my work.
Feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be hiring or knows of someone who is.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.~Philippians 4:6
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PS. I’ve found since then that Ginger had noticed me on LinkedIn by my postings even before we met in person at the Employment Network meeting.
So don’t be shy. Get on LinkedIn, set up your profile, join groups, post messages, comment. Get yourself known. Start a blog about what you know in Worpress.com and link it to your LinkedIn profile and write short blurbs. Post often and promote them in your Twitter and Facebook pages.
People like to help people. You just have to ask.
Soli Deo Gloria
Update: 5/5/2013: I was laid off of this position in 11/2011. It was a blessing in disguise. I knew I couldn’t go through another 2 years of unemployment so I decided to take the same time, energy and effort that I would use to get a job that paid $15/hour to start my own business. Over a year later, I’m a respected, social media consultant and I’m self-sufficient. I grow my business through networking.